Though the name says Oktoberfest, this beer is good to brew all year 'round. Enjoy a smooth lager with subdued hoppiness and crisp maltiness in a full body brew. Famous German-style lager boasts higher alcohol content than standard lager. Raise a mug!
- Red-amber color with full body
- Crisp German noble hop bitterness and complex malt flavor
- High alcohol content 6.7
- Cold fermentation required
- Ingredients include: 9.15 lb. Munich liquid malt extract, 8 oz. Carapils®, 8 oz. Caramel 40L specialty grains, 1.5 oz. Mt. Hood, 1 oz. Hallertau pellet hops, yeast, priming sugar and a muslin bag
- Red-amber color with full body
- Details & Instructions
4.7 / 5.041 ReviewsOktober in SpringtimeHomies, do not fear the lager beer, the kit you need is this one here.
Be sure to add plenty of yeast, the cold fermentation is a hungry beast.
It is as easy to brew as any ale, follow the directions and you will not fail.March 13, 2017Purchased
7 months agoSuperb KitGreat beer after conditioning for a month and keeps getting better with age.March 18, 2010Brew two kits...and Wait...then Enjoy!!!First homebrew kit I ever did. Seasoned neighbor and his veteran brother-in-law walked me through all the steps. Kegged it and waited 3-months. First tasting: Very-Very Good. It then sat in my cool basement for a year. Asked my neighbor if it was possible that the beer was still good. "Only one way to find out," he said. Iced it down, tapped the keg, poured ourselves tall ones and toasted to our health. When the glasses came down...we both had big grins and my neighbor said, "Damn, better now than ever!!!" He immediately bought the same kit._x000D__x000D_My recommendations: Buy two kits. They beer only gets better with time. _x000D__x000D_Tasting background: I've lived in Germany for extended periods of time...all my relatives are from Bavaria (Murnau, Starnberg, Munchen) and this beer brings back all those happy memories with friends and family. Closest you can get to Germany without buying a plane ticket...is what I always say to my friends about this beer. _x000D__x000D_EnjoyNovember 6, 2010Sehr GutI have brewed this kit twice. I followed the directions and both times my results were excellent. My buddies and I had a little Oktoberfest of our own. :)February 24, 2010OKTOBERFAUST LAGER ON BEAL!This is the best kit Midwest sells! My friends love it! I love it! It is a tradition. I brew it in early June and by October it is time to party!December 9, 2010goodThis was only my second home brew and i'm sure i still have some things to learn. Having said that, I am very pleased with this beer. I would recommend it and will make it again.March 4, 2011Great tasting beer. Glad I took the time.This was my first attempt to brew. I followed the directions and kept the secondary carboy in my basement on the floor for 2 1/2 months. I followed the bottling directions and bottled. I waited 3 weeks after bottling and tried one. When I opened it, I heard a small release of CO2. When I poured it, it was flat. I'm not the wasteful sort so I drank it anyway. It was excellent. I was hoping that maybe I had a bad cap. I opened a second with the same results. Excellent flavor, but flat. I looked at the forums and saw that my most likely issue was insufficient time for carbonation. I rocked the bottles to get the yeast off the bottom and moved them back up into the warm part of the house. Hopefully, in a couple of weeks, I'll have the beer I've been working on since January.May 10, 2011Better than Sam Addam'sThis was my first lager, so I was very reluctant to pat myself on the back (even though I enjoyed the final product very much). I took a few bottles to my brew club and asked them for feedback. Everyone heaped praise on it with several stating that this kit had trumped the Sam Addam's Octoberfest. _x000D__x000D_Lagering without a lagering fridge is not fun, but the product made it worth it. This is a good kit.September 6, 2011WOW WOW WOWNot much else to say. WOW!!! First lager style OG--81, FG --10!!!_x000D__x000D_Gave it 2 rest cycles, conditioned in the keg for 3 weeks, hit it with CO2 and the rest is history. I opted to NOT filter this batch, but I will try that next time. As is, it's very clear, VERY smooth and has a ton of kick to it._x000D__x000D_I'll say it again...WOW!September 19, 2011The best !This so far is the best beer I've done hands down.. Lagered it for 4 months. And then kegged and force carbonated .. Really I'm sad because as I write this I'm enjoying one of the last beers from this batch...I had three friends over to learn to brew and we drank just about the whole 5 gallons in one sitting...4mons of work gone in a day... But I will definitely will be brewing this one again! _x000D_October 27, 2011
- Customer Q&A
Browse 3 questions Browse 3 questions and 10 answersOctoberfest Extract Kit: I do not have the capability to lager, can this kit be made as an ale and if so what yeast would you recommend?what is cold fermentation?, thanks.BEST ANSWER: Cold fermentation is the process used in making a lager (or a kolsch) style beer. Most beers made with ale yeast are fermented at room temperature for duration. By contrast, lager yeast is best fermented colder. I usually begin lager fermentation at room temp and then, upon the start of fermentation after about 2 days, drop the temp to 52 degrees F. I ferment at that temp for around a week and then raise the temp back to room level for 3-4 days. Then I transfer to secondary, and gradually drop the temp (about 2 degrees per day) all the way down to around 34 degrees. I lager (store) at that temp 3-4 weeks and then bottle. It turns almost always turns out well.What is the best choice of yeast for the October lager kit?BEST ANSWER: I am partial to the liquid Marzen yeast. I did a yeast starter once and it was over active, but it settled down after a few days and have me the best flavor when done.